Guilty plea in fatal Schuylerville shooting, ESP food service employees face uncertain job status, focus on "Slap a Butt Friday" and other problems at Schenectady middle school

Joey Paul -- accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend with an assault rifle during an argument in Schuylerville in July 2012 -- pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Thursday. She faces 18 1/2 years in prison. Said Paul's attorney: "This is not murder. This is a tragedy that was occasioned by drug abuse, domestic abuse and the presence of a fully-loaded AK-47 assault rifle in that house." [Post-Star] [Saratoga County DA] [TU] [WNYT]

Attorneys for Joe Bruno have asked a federal judge to further delay his re-trial to April as the former state Senator recovers from cancer surgery. [TU]

The Troy city council voted to approve funding for the installation of surveillance cameras at nine intersections. [TU]

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With Sodexo on the way out for food service at the Empire State Plaza -- and no plan yet announced for what company will take over the cafeteria operation there -- more than a hundred food service employees are facing layoffs just ahead of Thanksgiving. [TU]

David R. Smith, the president of SUNY Upstate Medical, resigned Thursday as SUNY officials continued to review the $350k he had received from outside sources. Smith had been close to being named head of Penn State before word of the outside payments surfaced. [Post-Standard] [TU]

Since the Cuomo admin's Financial Restructuring Board for fiscally-stressed cities started in September, one city -- Fulton, in Central New York -- has formally applied for help. [TU]

Jonathan Kozol, at the NanoCollege Thursday for an event: Not a fan of Andrew Cuomo's "death penalty" comment about failing schools. [TU]

Colonie's town board approved a 2014 budget that spends 1.54 more than last year. [TU]

The Schenectady school district will be hosting a panel discussion next week about ongoing problems at its Mont Pleasant Middle School -- Schenectady police recently instituted a zero tolerance policy for misbehavior outside the school. Schenectady police say a student suffered minor injuries when a rock was thrown at a school bus Thursday in the area of Mont Pleasant. And a 12-year-old girl recently told the Schenectady school board that boys engage in "Grab A Breast Tuesday" and "Slap a Butt Friday" at Mont Pleasant and an elementary school (her family has decided to move to a different district). [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette] [YNN]

State Police say they're looking a suspect in the armed robbery of Wilton bar Thursday morning in which zip ties were used to restrain three people. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

Troy police say three teens have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a man Wednesday on Second Street near Washington Park (map). [News10]

Colonie police say a man stole keys from a locker at a gym -- and then stole the victim's car. [WNYT]

A 53-year-old woman faces felony charges for allegedly stealing the motorized shopping cart from a Schenectady Price Chopper and riding it down the street. [Daily Gazette]

Proposed for the King Street emergency demolition site next to Bombers in Troy: a parking lot. [Troy Record]

Elizabeth Young, head of the Downtown Troy BID, is leaving the organization to get back into private business. [Troy Record]

A state audit concluded that not enough of the dogs in the town of Malta were licensed. [Saratogian]

The owners of the not-yet-open Mexican Radio in Schenectady say they'll be keeping the ghost signs on the side on their building. [Daily Gazette]

There may still be hope for Pete the Parrot. [TU]

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